How To Grow an Avocado Plant from a Seed

So you want to grow an avocado plant from an avocado seed? It’s actually much easier than you think!

First of all, I don’t listen to all of the techniques on the internet. I, personally, don’t like stabbing the seed and putting it over water; that’s too much work for me and takes too long. I’ve also tried the method where you wrap the seed in a wet paper towel, put it in a plastic bag and seal it almost all the way and store it in a cupboard or somewhere room temperature until it sprouts a root. But, that method also takes a long time to see results.

I have a better option.

I use a small bowl, cup or Tupperware container; it doesn’t matter if it’s glass or plastic. Put the seed into it with the bottom face down and fill it with water halfway to two-thirds up the seed. What’s the bottom? Well, when you peel the seed, you’ll see a small circle and indented spot on the seed. That’s what I’m calling the “bottom.” Make sure that that circle is resting on the bottom of the container completely submerged in the water, because that’s where the root will come from.

Tip: For best results, you should peel the dark shell around the seed.

See that little circle / indented spot? That’s what I’m calling the “bottom” of the seed.
On this seed, it’s a little easier to see the “bottom.” It’s the rounder, fatter base of the seed (ie., the bottom of the seed in this photo).
Seeds are in the container, bottom down, with water halfway to two-thirds up the seed.

Keep the seed and container in a cool or room temperature spot. I keep mine literally on top of the fridge or in the cupboard or anywhere that it’ll fit. It doesn’t need to be a particularly sunny or shady spot.

Make sure that the water in the container is always halfway to two-thirds up the seed, and try to completely change out the water once a week.

After about a week, the seed should start splitting, and at about three weeks, you should see a root start poking out!

In this image, you can see that the seed has started splitting.

Once the root is substantial, I transfer it to a jar filled with water. It can be a glass jar, plastic jar, beer bottle, whatever works best for you. Make sure that the root is completely submerged in the water and that you keep the jar filled with water. Again, I change the water out completely about once a week.


I leave the seeds in the glass jars for a couple of weeks. They’ll continue to grow their root system and, eventually, they’ll sprout their little trees!

Once the roots are filling up the jar, transfer it to soil with about half of the seed sticking out of the top of the soil and voila! You have a baby avocado tree started!

Keep the seed in a sunny spot and water it about once a week, or whenever the soil dries out.


Happy planting!!


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